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Michigan's DNR asking hunters to be the watch for deadly deer disease

FLINT, Mich. -- Michigan's Department of Natural Resources is asking deer hunters to be extra vigilant this weekend when they go into the woods.

The DNR is asking hunters to watch for signs of EHD.

And while the virus can be deadly for deer, the DNR says it does not infect people or pets.

Symptoms include fever and severe thirst. So hunters may find infected deer lingering by water.

"Often it's drooling or salivating excessively," said Brent Rudolph of the DNR. "It may look very disoriented, a lot of times folks say you can walk right up to it and it doesn't react to you."

The DNR says EHD is showing up in record numbers this year.

So far the virus has been reported in at least 25 Michigan counties, including Berrien, Cass, Van Buren and Saint Joseph.

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